Pay Hike For MLAs

The State Cabinet today decided to increase the salary and allowances of the Lawmakers after six long years.

Decision in this regard was taken today in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Though today’s Cabinet Meeting was not briefed sources said the amount of salary and allowances has been increased Rs.60,000 to Rs.One Lakh Per Month.
Accordingly a Bill will be presented in the House during the Monsoon Session, said sources.
There was demand for such a hike for quite some time and in response to the demand of the Lawmakers, Cabinet raised the salary and allowances

According to sources, the salary of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chief Minister, Ministers, Chief Whips of all the parties, including the MLAs and pension of the former Lawmakers were hiked.
MLAs cutting across party lines today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly and urged him to hike in their salary and an increase in the amount for MLA Local Area Development (LAD) fund.
The members of ruling BJD, Opposition Congress and BJP said that there was every justification to hike the salary of MLAs after the State Government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission for the Government employees.
"We have been making demands for different categories of people. This time, the MLAs have urged the Chief Minister to increase the salary of law-makers," said Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati.
BJD Spokesman and MLA Samir Ranjan Dash said "all MLAs today met the Chief Minister and requested him for salary hike of the legislators.”
Mr.Dash said the MLAs also wanted increase in the amount of MLA Local Area Development (LAD) fund to Rs three crore from Rs one crore. "Since funds available to MLAs are inadequate, they are unable to meet demands of the local people.
Therefore, the MLALAD fund should be increased," Mr.Dash said.

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